Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the statewide mask mandate in March.
The district has 17 schools and approximately 14,000 students.
Tuesday night, Superintendent Sandra M. Diodonet told parents that under a school board policy, masks are required “during periods of a High Activity Level” of COVID-19 as documented by the state health department.
Diodonet wrote in a letter shared by the school district on Twitter, “Therefore, effective Wednesday, December 21, 2022, all employees, Pre-K through grade 12 students, and visitors are required to wear face coverings in all district facilities, school grounds, and buses.”
The remaining 11 counties had “medium” transmission levels.
Diodonet added, “When Passaic County is in the moderate or below range, the mask mandate will be lifted.”
Passaic County is one of 10 counties in the Garden state that, as of Tuesday, had “high” community levels of COVID-19, as determined by state health officials.
On Tuesday, the state reported 2,207 additional COVID-19 cases and another 28 confirmed deaths, which is the largest number of deaths reported on a single day since Feb. 16.
Last week, Philadelphia public school students were told they will have to masks at school for 10 days after the upcoming winter break.
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